Former UNC football player indicted in deadly bar fight

Kenan Wells Gay


by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 10:46 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  A former University of North Carolina football player accused of killing a man after pushing him in front of a car outside a Dilworth bar earlier this month was indicted on Tuesday.

Kenan Wells Gay, 23, is accused of pushing Robert Kingston III in front of a passing vehicle near Ed's Tavern on March 3. 

Gay was indicted on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday.  He had a bond hearing and was placed behind bars on a $100,000 secured bond.

Police said the two men had gotten into an altercation inside Ed’s Tavern at the corner of Park Road and Ideal Way, and it spilled out of the bar.

According to police, someone called 911 around 10:40 p.m., telling a dispatcher that he was driving on Park Road when a man was pushed in front of his 2007 BMW.

Kingston III died after he was struck by the passing vehicle, authorities said.

Gay is a student at the Charlotte School of Law and a former wide receiver on the UNC football team.

If Gay makes bond he will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Alan Cole, owner of Ed’s Tavern, said he and others chased Gay after he fled the scene. 

Cole said surveillance video showed it may have started over a girl. He said the two did not actually fight inside the bar and only appeared to be arguing at first.